Recommending a resilient and sustainable energy solution for a New York City neighborhood

11 September 2019
Neil Webb helped identify geothermal energy as a viable addition to NYCEDC’s sustainable energy vision to promote green infrastructure, improve quality of life and further climate resilience for Hunts Point, Bronx, NY. 
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The Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY), in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), has released a report with recommendations to help bring geothermal energy to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in Bronx, New York. This type of investment in resilient and sustainable energy could help reduce Hunts Point’s greenhouse gas emissions, improving air and environmental quality for the neighborhood. It would also promote regional food security and produce a utility cost savings of $6.2 million annually, among other benefits.

In March, Ramboll Director Neil Webb was selected to join a seven-member Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) brought together by ULI NY and NYCEDC to identify recommendations for finding a resilient and sustainable energy source for Hunts Point. Together, the panel explored the viability of hydropower to generate additional energy for the distribution center, reduce emissions, contribute to Hunts Point’s resilience in the face of future extreme weather events, and support the availability of affordable real estate in the distribution center.

ULI NY’s panel of engineering, resilience, infrastructure, energy and design experts visited the study area, interviewed community stakeholders, analyzed existing conditions, and offered a series of recommendations for the implementation of geothermal energy as a viable addition to NYCEDC’s planned sustainable energy vision. The strategy is designed to decrease energy usage throughout the HPFDC campus via increased energy efficiencies. 

Learn more in the report, Energy Resilience for Hunts Point.

 

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